Accession Number:

ADA416134

Title:

Where Should Weapons Release Authority Reside for Space Weapons?

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

63.0

Abstract:

The U.S. has a huge reliance on space. This reliance, combined with a leaner more rapidly deployable military, makes space weapons an appealing prospect. Space weapons technology continues to advance, and as improvements occur, the weaponization of space becomes more of a reality. This thesis answers the question of where should weapons release authority reside for space weapons. The results of the research was that this authority should reside with the joint forces commander, in all but very select instances regarding the targeting and destruction of space assets belonging to neutral countries or multinational consortium. In those cases, the authority remains with the president due the potential negative impacts to America.

Subject Categories:

  • Space Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE